However, a little four year old girl insists that she and I look alike. Mind you, Melika has the most amazingly beautiful green eyes, olive skin and dark curly hair. Miss Debbie has blue eyes (with maybe a slight tint of aqua), blonde straight hair and light skin.
But Melika will look closely at me and point to my eyes. She tells me that Miss Debbie has the same eyes as hers. And they are green eyes!
Since she was in our class last year and I now have her in my after school class, I think she takes a few liberties. After all, I know her well and she knows me. I often have to remind her to listen to me the first time.
I asked her why she doesn't always listen and she thought for a moment. She smiled and said "because I love you". While that was very sweet, I told her that if she loved me she should listen to me and not give me a hard time.
I realized there's a spiritual lesson in this for me and maybe ...you.
As a Christian, I love the Lord with all my heart. As I grow in my relationship with Him, I become more like Him.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) says:
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 John 3:2 (ESV) says:
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
So how can I become more Christlike?
- Surrender to the Lord
- Grow in my relationship with the Lord
- Follow and obey Jesus
John 14:23 (NIV) says:
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
I think that's pretty clear.
If you love Jesus, obey His teaching.
My hope is that as I spend more time with the Lord the fruit of the Spirit will become more evident in me.
How about you? Who do you resemble? Do you listen and obey those you love?
I'm linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.
Blessings and love,